Leading on Sustainability Series

14th April 2011: Leadership for a Sustainable North West – from Regional to Local.
Time: 9.30am - 1.30pm. Lancaster University Management School

Speakers for the event are:

Becky Willis (Vice Chair Sustainable Development Commission)
Anne Selby (Chief Executive Lancashire Wildlife Trust, NWDA Board Member)
Mike Reardon (Strategic Director, Greater Manchester Environment Commission)
Brad Blundell (MD Environment and Energy, WSP Group)
Mark Atherton (Director Energy and Environment, NWDA)
Prof. Judi Marshall (Lancaster University Management School)
Workshop focus:

In socio-economic and environmental planning and development at the local level the need to reduce public sector expenditure in these times of austerity offers both a challenge and opportunity.  Will the promotion of sustainable economic development in the North West of England be considered as an `after thought' or a centralised theme? Will the drive for greater efficiency and devolved responsibility result in an increased adoption of more sustainable practices?

We have already seen the demise of several regional governance organisations, partnership groups and programmes which had previously held some responsibility for promoting the development of a sustainable Northwest.  Further public sector cuts may reduce the capacity of Local Authorities to support sustainable neighbourhoods and initiatives.  Ever more is expected of the private and voluntary sectors which are well occupied in recovering from recession and the impact of reduced disposable income on sales and charitable giving. Where then will leadership for sustainability come from in the future?

This workshop will adopt a participative discussion approach to examine these questions and explore what these changes mean for leaders and leadership of the sustainability agenda within the region.

For further details and to book onto the event please click here

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